A new lawsuit filed by Apple contends that 90 percent of iPhone devices and Apple accessories it recently purchased from Amazon were fakes.
The lawsuit targets a company called Mobile Star, LLC, and alleges that it is selling phony power products on Amazon that “pose a significant risk of overheating, fire, and electrical shock.”
Apple says it purchased the products directly through Amazon, not a third party. Amazon is not named in the lawsuit, according to an Associated Press report.
As part of its investigation, Apple bought more than 100 items, including:
- Power cords
- Lightning cables
- iPhone devices
Apple says it filed the lawsuit “to protect its customers from dangerous counterfeit power products such as power adapters and charging cables” that Amazon sourced from Mobile Star.
Consumers relying on Amazon’s reputation “have no reason to suspect the power products they purchased from Amazon.com are anything but genuine,” the lawsuit says:
This is particularly true where, as here, the products are sold directly “by Amazon.com” as genuine Apple products using Apple’s own product marketing images.
CBS News says Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the lawsuit. Meanwhile, an Associated Press report says Mobile Star also did not respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit also contends that Mobile Star supplied Groupon with dangerous counterfeit Apple power products.
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